Chief minister Virbhadra Singh directed the anti-corruption and vigilance bureau to probe the Congress chargesheet against the previous BJP Govt in accordance with the gravity of allegations.

He directed vigilance to prioritise allegations for investigations and speed up probe into the 64-page Congress chargesheet.

After coming into power in state, Virbhadra Singh led Congress government had handed over the chargesheet to the vigilance for investigation. On Tuesday, a team of the vigilance bureau headed by additional deputy inspector general (ACVB) Prithviraj Singh made a power point presentation to CM Virbhadra Singh, who also holds the home portfolio.

Chief secretary Sudripta Roy, principal secretary to chief minister VC Pharkha, home secretary Tarun Shridhar, DIG (ACVB) AP Singh, superintendent of police Dr Virender Tomar and Arvind Sharda were also present.

The ACVB apprised about the gravity of allegations and the current status of case. The much talked about construction of luxurious cottages by Bemloe developers in Kalnog region figured on the top.

Irregularities into the land allotted to JP Industries for construction of a cement plant was also highlighted. Besides, there were a number of allegations against the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) including land purchased on name of HPCA employee, permission granted for construction and running – Pavilion – high-end hotel ran by HPCA in Dharamsala. Proxy land deals were also figured in the list.

The CM sought details about the permission granted by the government to investigate various cases. The vigilance official complained about delays in sanctioning permission at the secretariat level. The chief minister expressed anguish over delays in granting permission. He also pulled up officials for delay in granting permission. He directed the official concerned to expedite the permission process on files pending before the home department.

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